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[movies]Supernova Explosion - NASA/A. Hobart (CXO)
This animation of a supernova explosion demonstrates what happens when a massive star explodes and creates a shell of hot gas that glows brightly in X-rays. These X-rays reveal the dynamics of the explosion.
Downloads: 2,979
[movies]Swirling Rings of Dust - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC-Caltech)
This animation depicts colliding rocky bodies in an early planetary system. Such collisions form the basis of the planet-building process. New findings from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that these catastrophes continue to occur around stars even after they have developed full-sized planets, when they are as old as one hundred million years. For reference, our own Sun, at 4.5 billion years old, is far past this late stage of planet formation...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun
Downloads: 142
[movies]The Tarantula Nebula - NASA/JPL-Caltech/B. Brandl (Cornell & University of Leiden) & ESO
NASA's new Spitzer Space Telescope has captured in stunning detail the spidery filaments and newborn stars of the Tarantula Nebula, a rich star-forming region also known as 30 Doradus. In this animation the infrared structures seen by this new observatory are compared with a visible light image from the ground-based European Southern Observatory (ESO) to highlight the power of Spitzer to see what other telescopes cannot...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Visible Light; What -- ESO; What -- TRACE
Downloads: 260
[movies]A More Spectacular Sombrero (Widescreen Version) - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This movie shifts from the well-known visible-light picture of Messier 104 taken by the Hubble Space Telescope to infrared views from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Messier 104 is commonly known as the Sombrero galaxy because in visible light, it resembles the broad-brimmed Mexican hat. However, in Spitzer's striking infrared view, the galaxy looks more like a "bull's eye." Viewed from Earth, the spiral galaxy is seen nearly edge-on, just six degrees away from its equatorial plane...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Earth; What -- Virgo; What -- Sun; What -- Advanced Camera for Surveys; What -- Moon; Where -- Sombrero Galaxy
Downloads: 91
[movies]Orbit of Sedna - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
This animation shows the location of the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed "Sedna," in relation to the rest of the Solar System. Starting at the inner Solar System, which includes the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars (all in yellow), the view pulls away through the asteroid belt and the orbits of the outer planets beyond (green). Pluto and the distant Kuiper Belt objects are seen next until finally Sedna comes into view...
Keywords: What -- Sedna; What -- Mercury; What -- Venus; What -- Earth; What -- Mars; What -- Pluto; What -- Sun
Downloads: 191
[image]Milky Way Bar - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's rendering shows a view of our own Milky Way Galaxy and its central bar as it might appear if viewed from above. An arrow indicates the location of our Sun. Astronomers have concluded for many years that our galaxy harbors a stellar bar, though its presence has been inferred indirectly. Our vantage point within the disk of the galaxy makes it difficult to accurately determine the size and shape of this bar and surrounding spiral arms...
Keywords: What -- Sun; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Downloads: 68
[movies]Birth of an Unusual Planetary System - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's animation shows a brown dwarf surrounded by a swirling disk of planet-building dust. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope spotted such a disc around a surprisingly low-mass brown dwarf, or "failed star." The brown dwarf, called OTS 44, is only 15 times the size of Jupiter, making it the smallest brown dwarf known to host a planet-forming, or protoplanetary disk. Astronomers believe that this unusual system will eventually spawn planets...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- OTS; What -- Jupiter; What -- Earth
Downloads: 124
[movies]Blacker than Black (Widescreen Version) - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's animation illustrates the hottest planet yet observed in the universe. The scorching ball of gas, a "hot Jupiter" called HD 149026b, is a sweltering 3,700 degrees Fahrenheit (2,040 degrees Celsius) -- about three times hotter than the rocky surface of Venus, the hottest planet in our solar system. The planet is so hot that astronomers believe it is absorbing almost all of the heat from its star, and reflecting very little to no light...
Keywords: What -- Jupiter; What -- Venus; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Visible Light; What -- Earth; What -- Moon; What -- Sun; What -- Constellation; What -- Hercules
Downloads: 86
[image]The Sword of Orion - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Megeath (University of Toledo)
This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Orion nebula, our closest massive star-making factory, 1,450 light-years from Earth. The nebula is close enough to appear to the naked eye as a fuzzy star in the sword of the popular hunter constellation. The nebula itself is located on the lower half of the image, surrounded by a ring of dust. It formed in a cold cloud of gas and dust and contains about 1,000 young stars...
Keywords: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Orion; What -- Earth; What -- Constellation; What -- Sun; What -- Aqua
Downloads: 10
[movies]Icy Organics in Planet-Forming Discs - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
Using the Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers are probing the chemistry of circumstellar discs, the dusty discs that surround stars, to understand the first moments in planetary life. Spitzer has turned its ultra-sensitive infrared spectrograph instrument toward five young stars in the constellation Taurus. These stars are still surrounded by thick, dusty discs -- relics of the gravitational collapse that formed them only a few million years ago...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Infrared Spectrograph (IRS); What -- Constellation; What -- Taurus
Downloads: 97
[movies]Fire and Ice Planet - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's animation shows a blistering world revolving around its nearby "sun." NASA's infrared Spitzer Space Telescope observed a planetary system like this one, as the planet's sunlit and dark hemispheres swung alternately into the telescope's view. Based on the rise and fall of the planet's infrared light, or heat, Spitzer was able to measure the difference in temperature between the two sides of the planet -- about 1,400 degrees Celsius (2,550 degrees Fahrenheit)...
Keywords: What -- Sun; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Moon; What -- Earth
Downloads: 162
[movies]Who Ya Gonna Call? - NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is a galactic ghost buster, spotting hidden massive stars and other monsters lurking in our galaxy.
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 48
[movies]Fade to Red - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This animation shows the Andromeda galaxy, first as seen in visible light by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, then as seen in infrared by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The visible-light image highlights the galaxy's population of about one trillion stars. The stars are so crammed into its core that this region blazes with bright starlight. In contrast, the false-colored Spitzer view reveals red waves of dust against a more tranquil sea of blue stars...
Keywords: What -- Andromeda; What -- Visible Light; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Constellation; What -- Beam; What -- Earth
Downloads: 177
[movies]Sunset on an Alien World - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's animation illustrates what the night sky might look like from a hypothetical alien planet in a star system with an asteroid belt 25 times as massive as the one in our own solar system. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence for such a belt around the nearby star called HD 69830, when its infrared eyes spotted dust, presumably from asteroids banging together. The telescope did not find any evidence for a planet in the system, but astronomers speculate one or more may be prese...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun; What -- Dawn; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Downloads: 364
[image]Mini-Me' Solar System - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's conception shows the relative size of a hypothetical brown dwarf-planetary system (below) compared to our own solar system. A brown dwarf is a cool or "failed" star, which lacks the mass to ignite and shine like our Sun. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope set its infrared eyes on an extraordinarily low-mass brown dwarf called OTS 44 and found a swirling disk of planet-building dust. At only 15 times the mass of Jupiter, OTS 44 is the smallest known brown dwarf to host a planet-forming,...
Keywords: What -- Sun; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- OTS; What -- Jupiter; What -- Earth
Downloads: 19
[movies]Hubble-Spitzer Orion - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This video cycles between the Hubble view, the Spitzer view, and the combined Hubble-Spitzer view of the Orion Nebula.
Keywords: What -- Orion
Downloads: 319
[movies]When Worlds Collide - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC-Caltech)
This animation illustrates a massive collision between rocky, embryonic planets as big as mountain ranges. Such collisions form the basis of the planet-building process. New findings from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that these catastrophes continue to occur around stars even after they have developed full-sized planets, when they are as old as one hundred million years. For reference, our own Sun, at 4.5 billion years old, is far past this late stage of planet formation...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun
Downloads: 164
[movies]A Planet in a Different Light - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's animation shows first what a fiery hot star and its close-knit planetary companion might look like close up in visible light, then switches to infrared views. In visible light, a star shines brilliantly, overwhelming the little light that is reflected by its planet. In infrared, a star is less blinding, and its planet perks up with a fiery glow. Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope took advantage of this fact to directly capture the infrared light of two previously dete...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun; What -- Jupiter; Where -- Arizona
Downloads: 133
[movies]Genesis of a Comet - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle & R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's animation depicts one of the most widely accepted theories pertaining to the origin of comets.
Keywords: What -- COMETS; What -- Genesis
Downloads: 77
[movies]Messier 81 - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC/Caltech)
This 22-second animation uses an "infrared spotlight" to highlight differences between a visible-light image of Messier 81 and the Spitzer/MIPS+IRAC infrared view.
Keywords: What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 29
[movies]How to Measure a Planetary Eclipse - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's animation shows a close-up view of a distant giant planet passing behind its star as a regular part of its orbit. By studying "secondary eclipses" like this in infrared light, astronomers can capture and study the direct light of known extrasolar planets. Though they cannot actually distinguish the planet from its star, they can detect changes in the system's total light. Why a secondary eclipse? When a planet transits, or passes in front of, its star, it partially blocks the light...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Jupiter; What -- Sun; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 43
[movies]Mapping Exotic Worlds - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This animation shows the first-ever map of the surface of an exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system. The map, which shows temperature variations across the cloudy tops of a gas giant called HD 189733b, is made up of infrared data taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Everything else shown, for example the star and the lines, are artistic illustrations. The movie begins by showing a two-dimensional view of the map...
Keywords: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Jupiter; What -- Mercury; What -- Sun; What -- Moon; What -- Earth
Downloads: 67
[image]Massive Smash-Up at Vega - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist concept illustrates how a massive collision of objects, perhaps as large as the planet Pluto, smashed together to create the dust ring around the nearby star Vega. New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicate the collision took place within the last one million years. Astronomers think that embryonic planets smashed together, shattered into pieces, and repeatedly crashed into other fragments to create ever finer debris...
Keywords: What -- Pluto; What -- VEGA; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 22
[movies]How to Map a Very Faraway Planet - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were able to create the first-ever map of the surface of a planet beyond our solar system. The planet, a hot and cloudy gas giant called HD 189733b, is located 60 light-years from Earth in the constellation Vulpecula. It is so far away that even the best telescopes can't distinguish the light of the planet from that of its star. So how did astronomers see this planet's cloudy surface? They used Spitzer's infrared vision to observe the HD 189733 sys...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Earth; What -- Constellation; What -- Vulpecula; What -- Sun; What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 48
[movies]Distant Planet Flaunts its Light - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's animation shows a close-up view of a distant giant planet passing behind its star as a regular part of its orbit. By studying "secondary eclipses" like this in infrared light, astronomers can capture and study the direct light of known extrasolar planets. Though they cannot actually distinguish the planet from its star, they can detect changes in the system's total light. Why a secondary eclipse? When a planet transits, or passes in front of, its star, it partially blocks the light...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Jupiter; What -- Sun; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 66
[image]First Peek at Spitzer's Legacy: Mysterious Whirlpool Galaxy - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Kennicutt (Univ. of Arizona)/DSS
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured these infrared images of the "Whirlpool Galaxy," revealing strange structures bridging the gaps between the dust-rich spiral arms, and tracing the dust, gas and stellar populations in both the bright spiral galaxy and its companion. The Spitzer image is a four-color composite of invisible light, showing emissions from wavelengths of 3.6 microns (blue), 4.5 microns (green), 5.8 microns (orange) and 8.0 microns (red)...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Visible Light; What -- Constellation; What -- Canes Venatici; Where -- Whirlpool Galaxy; Where -- M51; Where -- NGC 5194; Where -- NGC 5195; Where -- Pierre
Downloads: 15
[movies]Video biography of Professor Lyman Spitzer, Jr. - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Professor Lyman Spitzer, Jr. was a true Renaissance man, a perfectionist who excelled at anything he tried. This 5-minute video testifies to his life and influence.
Downloads: 34
[movies]Zoom-In - NASA/ESA/G. Bacon and L. Barranger (STScI)
This "zoom" starts in the Scorpius constellation and pushes through deeper and narrower telescopic fields to at last reach Kepler's Supernova Remnant, a composite of images from NASA s Chandra X-Ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope, and Spitzer Space Telescope.
Keywords: What -- Scorpius; What -- Constellation; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 92
[movies]Forming a Planetary Gap - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
Astronomers are using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to probe the structures of circumstellar discs, the dusty discs that surround young stars, to look for the earliest signs of the formation of planetary systems. Examining young stars in the constellation of Taurus known to have such discs, Spitzer's ultra-sensitive infrared spectrograph instrument has detected the clearest evidence to date that an inner gap has formed in the disc surrounding the star CoKu Tau 4...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Constellation; What -- Taurus; What -- Infrared Spectrograph (IRS); What -- Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS)
Downloads: 46
[image]First Map of Alien World - NASA/JPL-Caltech/H. Knutson (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
This is the first-ever map of the surface of an exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system. The map, which shows temperature variations across the cloudy tops of a gas giant called HD 189733b, is made up of infrared data taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Hotter temperatures are represented in brighter colors. HD 189733b is what is known as a hot-Jupiter planet. These sizzling, gas planets practically hug their stars, orbiting at distances that are much closer than Mercury is to our su...
Keywords: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Jupiter; What -- Mercury; What -- Sun; What -- Moon; What -- Earth
Downloads: 40
[movies]Model Dust Ring - NASA/JPL-Caltech/E. Holmes (NRC/JPL)
A 12-second animation shows how ansae are created, by taking a model dust ring and tilting it from a face-on orientation to edge-on.
Downloads: 27
[image]Galactic Pileup - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's concept illustrates one of the largest smash-ups of galaxies ever observed. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope spotted the four galaxies shown here (yellow blobs) in the process of tangling and ultimately merging into a single gargantuan galaxy. Though the galaxies appear to be fairly intact, gravitational disturbances have caused them to distort and twist, flinging stars (white dots) everywhere like sand...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 12
[movies]Composite Image - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
The composite view of the supernova splits into its three components: blue-green for Chandra, yellow for Hubble, and red for Spitzer. Each observatory's full image is then shown for side-by-side comparison, beginning with Chandra, then Hubble, and finally Spitzer.
Downloads: 37
[image]Amazing Andromeda Galaxy - NASA/JPL-Caltech/K. Gordon (Univ. of Ariz.) & GALEX Science
The many "personalities" of our great galactic neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy, are exposed in this new composite image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and the Spitzer Space Telescope. The wide, ultraviolet eyes of Galaxy Evolution Explorer reveal Andromeda's "fiery" nature -- hotter regions brimming with young and old stars. In contrast, Spitzer's super-sensitive infrared eyes show Andromeda's relatively "cool" side, which includes embryonic stars hidden in their dusty cocoons...
Keywords: What -- Andromeda; What -- Galaxy Evolution Explorer; What -- Explorer; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Beam; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Downloads: 38
[image]The Milky Way Center Aglow with Dust - NASA/JPL-Caltech/S. Stolovy (SSC/Caltech)
Our Milky Way is a dusty place. So dusty, in fact, that we cannot see the center of the galaxy in visible light. But when NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope set its infrared eyes on the galactic center, it captured this spectacular view. Taken with just one of Spitzer's cameras (at a wavelength of 8 microns), the image highlights the region's exceptionally bright and dusty clouds, lit up by young massive stars...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Earth; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
Downloads: 33
[image]A Cauldron of Stars at the Galaxy's Center - NASA/JPL-Caltech/S. Stolovy (SSC/Caltech)
This dazzling infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows hundreds of thousands of stars crowded into the swirling core of our spiral Milky Way galaxy. In visible-light pictures, this region cannot be seen at all because dust lying between Earth and the galactic center blocks our view. In this false-color picture, old and cool stars are blue, while dust features lit up by blazing hot, massive stars are shown in a reddish hue...
Keywords: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Visible Light; What -- Earth; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Downloads: 12
[image]Comet Galaxy Abell 2667 - NASA/JPL-Caltech
This infrared image was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and shows a part of the galaxy cluster Abell 2667. The "Comet Galaxy" is the bright red object seen to the left of the cluster center. Also seen in the image is a rare giant infrared arc. The banana-shaped arc corresponds to the magnified and distorted image of a distant galaxy that lies behind the cluster?s core.
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; Where -- Comet Galaxy
Downloads: 15
[image]Highway of Stars - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
Like a celestial arrow spanning roughly one-third of the northern sky, this artist's concept of a newly discovered stream of ancient stars passes just over the head of the constellation Leo (on the right), before plunging through the heart of the Great Bear, or Big Dipper constellation (to the left).
Keywords: What -- Constellation; What -- Leo
Downloads: 19
[movies]Lifting the Cosmic Veil - NASA/JPL-Caltech
The first images from the Spitzer Space Telescope, the fourth element of NASA's Great Observatories program.
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 87
[image]Andromeda Makes a Splash - NASA/JPL-Caltech/P. Barmby (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
This infrared composite image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Andromeda galaxy, a neighbor to our Milky Way galaxy. The main image (top) highlights the contrast between the galaxy's choppy waves of dust (red) and smooth sea of older stars (blue). The panels below the main image show the galaxy's older stars (left) and dust (right) separately. Spiral galaxies tend to form new stars in their dusty, clumpy arms, while their cores are populated by older stars...
Keywords: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Andromeda; What -- Visible Light; What -- Sun; What -- Constellation; What -- Beam; What -- Earth; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy; Where -- NGC 205; Where -- M32
Downloads: 19
[movies]Spitzer Discovers Hidden Ring - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
This animation transitions from a visible light image of the planetary nebula called NGC 246 to Spitzer's new infrared view. The movie highlights Spitzer's ability to see the invisible; as the movie dissolves to the Spitzer image, a giant ring (red) emerges. This clumpy ring consists of material that was expelled from the aging star at the center of the nebula. Planetary nebulas are clouds of gas and dust that surround dying stars...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Sun
Downloads: 68
[image]The Electromagnetic Spectrum - NASA/IPAC
This illustration shows the electromagnetic spectrum.
Downloads: 40
[movies]Missing Host Galaxies Found in Infrared - NASA/JPL-Caltech/StScI
In a collaborative effort between NASA's three Great Observatories, astronomers have solved a cosmic mystery by identifying some of the oldest and most distant black holes. This animation fades between images taken by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope in the field known as the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey, or GOODS. In the first picture, observations from Chandra show high-energy emissions believed to trace the presence of supermassiv...
Keywords: What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- TRACE; What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 47
[movies]How to Map a Very Faraway Planet (Widescreen Version) - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were able to create the first-ever map of the surface of a planet beyond our solar system. The planet, a hot and cloudy gas giant called HD 189733b, is located 60 light-years from Earth in the constellation Vulpecula. It is so far away that even the best telescopes can't distinguish the light of the planet from that of its star. So how did astronomers see this planet's cloudy surface? They used Spitzer's infrared vision to observe the HD 189733 sys...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Earth; What -- Constellation; What -- Vulpecula; What -- Sun; What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 32
[movies]Visible-Infrared Whirlpool - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC-Caltech)
This animation transitions from the more familiar visible light image of the "Whirlpool Galaxy" to the dramatic new view captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Revealed are strange structures bridging the gaps between the dust-rich spiral arms, and tracing the dust, gas and stellar populations in both the bright spiral galaxy and its companion. The visible light image comes from the Kitt Peak National Observatory 2.1m telescope, and is a four-color composite showing light from 0.4 to 0.7 mi...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Constellation; What -- Canes Venatici; Where -- Whirlpool Galaxy; Where -- M51; Where -- NGC 5194; Where -- NGC 5195; Where -- Pierre
Downloads: 149
[movies]Star Formation in the DR21 Region - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal a turbulent nest of giant newborn stars too shrouded in dust to be seen with visible light. This movie highlights this stellar nursery, called DR21, and illustrates what a human eye might see if it could be re-tuned to see different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. It shows the area surrounding DR21 in shifting wavelengths of light, beginning with the visible and ending with the new Spitzer infrared observations...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Visible Light; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- TRACE; What -- Sun
Downloads: 104
[movies]Blacker than Black - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's animation illustrates the hottest planet yet observed in the universe. The scorching ball of gas, a "hot Jupiter" called HD 149026b, is a sweltering 3,700 degrees Fahrenheit (2,040 degrees Celsius) -- about three times hotter than the rocky surface of Venus, the hottest planet in our solar system. The planet is so hot that astronomers believe it is absorbing almost all of the heat from its star, and reflecting very little to no light...
Keywords: What -- Jupiter; What -- Venus; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Visible Light; What -- Earth; What -- Moon; What -- Sun; What -- Constellation; What -- Hercules
Downloads: 92
[movies]Stars Spring Up Out of the Darkness - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's animation illustrates the universe's early years, from its explosive formation to its dark ages to its first stars and mini-galaxies. Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found patches of infrared light splattered across the sky that might be the collective glow of clumps of the universe's first objects. Astronomers do not know if these first objects were stars or "quasars," which are black holes voraciously consuming surrounding gas...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Downloads: 465
[movies]Star Formation in Henize 206 - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
Starting with a wide view of the environment surrounding the Henize 206 star formation region, the animation moves in to the heart of the nebula. The view slides from visible light wavelengths to Infrared Array Camera wavelengths, spanning 3 to 8 microns. The colors of the image, which are false for infrared wavelengths, shift to include the Multiband Imaging Photometer image, now covering 3 to 24 microns...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Downloads: 89
[movies]Hot, Dry, and Cloudy (Artist Concept) - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's concept animation shows a cloudy Jupiter-like planet that orbits very close to its fiery hot star. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was recently used to capture spectra, or molecular fingerprints, of two "hot Jupiter" worlds like the one depicted here. This is the first time a spectrum has ever been obtained for an exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system. The ground-breaking observations were made with Spitzer's spectrograph, which pries apart infrared light into its basic wav...
Keywords: What -- Jupiter; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Visible Light; What -- Constellation; What -- Pegasus; What -- Vulpecula
Downloads: 70
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